Owen Wright is an Australian surfer and a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) supported athlete. He will make his Olympic debut at the 2021 Tokyo Games, where surfing will be included at the Games for the first time.
After taking an Australian title in 2007, Wright qualified for the Championship Tour (CT) in 2009 and finished his debut season of 2010 ranked No. 7, which earned him Rookie of the Year. His first CT win came in 2012 at the Quiksilver Pro New York.
In 2015, Owen put himself in the hunt for a world title after a huge win in Fiji, where he bagged two perfect 10-point rides to win the final. But days before the final event at Pipeline, he suffered a traumatic brain injury during a warm-up session. The incident proved life-threatening, and for a time it looked like Wright’s career was over. He sat out the entire 2016 season, learning how to surf all over again.
His eventual return to competition in 2017 is now a legendary story, as Wright won the season opener at Snapper Rocks during one of the most emotionally charged comebacks in surfing history. He finished both the 2017 and 2018 seasons at No. 6 on the Jeep Leaderboard and cemented his legendary status when he won the Tahiti Teahupo’o Pro in 2019.
Wright qualified a spot for the Olympics through the 2019 WSL Championship Tour.